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STEVE CURL


CARICATURE ARTIST STEVEN CURL TRIED TO GO THE CORPORATE ROUTE, MOVING FROM OHIO TO CALIFORNIA TO PURSUE A CAREER IN PERSONNEL WITH OWENS-CORNING.
BUT THE CORPORATE WORLD COULDN'T REIN HIM IN, AND WHEN HE WAS ASSIGNED THE LOW-EMPLOYEE TASK OF PRODUCING AN EMPLOYEE NEWSLETTER, HE GOT CREATIVE, SLIPPING IN CARTOONS AMONG THE ROUTINE PARTY LINE ANNOUNCEMENTS.
THEN, A STRANGE THING HAPPENED. "WHEN MANAGEMENT FOUND OUT I COULD DRAW, THEY STARTED TAPPING ME FOR PRESENTATIONS, AND IT DAWNED ON ME THAT MAYBE THIS IS THE WAY TO GO." IN OHIO, HE SAID, HE WAS "LED TO BELIEVE YOU CAN DO ILLUSTRATION FOR A HOBBY, BUT YOU HAVE TO HAVE A REAL JOB".
IN CALIFORNIA, HE LEARNED THAT IF AN INDIVIDUAL IS TALENTED ENOUGH, ILLUSTRATION CAN BE A REAL JOB.
WHILE HE STILL PROVIDES ARTWORK ON A FREE-LANCE BASIS FOR NEWSLETTERS, NEWPAPERS, AND MAGAZINES, STEVE HAS BEEN DOING CARICATURE SINCE 1989.
HE HAS PROVIDED ENTERTAINMENT FOR EMPLOYEES OF THE SANTA CLARA MARRIOTT HOTEL AND SCOTTS VALLEYS SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY, TO NAME JUST TWO. THE ARTIST ALSO PROVIDES CARICATURES FOR GUESTS AT PROVATE PARTIES.
STEVE ENJOYS THE INTERACTION WITH THE PEOPLE WHO LINE UP-SOMETIMES 30 DEEP-TO GET HIM TO DO THEIR CARICATURE.
ALTHOUGH CURL ADMITS HE HAD THE INNATE ABILITY TO DRAW, IT TOOK COURSE WORK TO LEARN THE DISCIPLINE OF RUNNING A SUCCESSFUL, PROFESSIONAL ILLUSTRATION BUSINESS. CURL ENROLLED IN THE ACADEMY OF ART IN SAN FRANCISCO. "ART EDUCATION ISN'T ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE YOU GO THREE OR FOUR YEARS AND YOU GET YOUR DEGREE AND YOU'RE DONE," CURL SAYS. "THERE'S ALWAYS SOMETHING TO LEARN. YOU DON'T RETIRE FROM ART. YOU JUST KEEP DOING IT". HE SAYS HIS CARICATURE SKETCHES PROVIDE HIM WITH CONTINUED EDUCATION, WHICH HE HOPES TO PASS ON TO HIS OWN STUDENTS THROUGH THE CLASSES HE OFFERS THROUGH THE PALO ALTO RECREATION DEPARTMENT AND NUEVA LEARNING CENTER IN HILLSBOROUGH.


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